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How to unzip the file in mainframes?

Post by Ajay Pandit » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:34 am


Does anyone know how can we unzip a file in mainframe? File will be sent to mainframe from unix. Can someone please help me on this.

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Re: How to unzip the file in mainframes?

Post by Robert Sample » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:04 pm

z/OS does not provide a ZIP product as part of the base code. So you have a couple of options if you need to unzip data sets or files.

Your site can buy a product (such as PKZIP FOR z/OS) that unzips the data set (files on mainframes exist only on tape or Unix System Services); prices for mainframe software usually depend upon how big a machine you're running but upwards of $100,000 US for a software product is pretty common. I don't know pricing for PKZIP FOR z/OS.

Your site support group can install GZIP and GUNZIP from the z/OS Ported Tools at no charge. They work on Unix System Services files, so you would FTP the file from the Unix machine to a directory on the mainframe, use GUNZIP, then move the file from Unix System Services to a data set on the mainframe (OPUT or OCOPY).
Can someone please help me on this.
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